The Wisconsin Whalers tried their best to erase a two-goal deficit, but the La Crosse Freeze would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-3.
La Crosse took a 4-2 lead during the second period, only to have Wisconsin storm back on a Nathan Viberg goal 11:07 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
In a losing effort, the Whalers were sparked by Connor Morgan, who grabbed two goals. Morgan scored the first of his two goals at 10:00 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Adam Alcott provided the assist. Morgan\’s next tally made the score 3-2 La Crosse with 5:40 left in the second period. Wisconsin earned a power play opportunity when Brady Thiering was put in the box for slashing. Viberg picked up the assist.
The Freeze\’s offense rang up 41 shots on the Whalers\’ net.
La Crosse was helped by Augusts Veidenbaums, who tallied one goal. Veidenbaums scored 17:30 into the second period to make the score 4-2 La Crosse. La Crosse additionally got points from Daniel Toycen, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Taylor Trapp, who also had one goal and one assist. La Crosse also got a goal from Jared Bromberg as well. In addition, La Crosse received assists from Hunter Dragosh, who had one and Zach Lawson, who had two.
Wisconsin forced the Freeze goalie Cameron Scheuren to work between the pipes, taking 51 shots.
Wisconsin also got points from Viberg, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Other players who recorded assists for Wisconsin were Peter Henderson, Adam Schoenfeld, Kaleb Morley, and Nolan Kepler, who contributed one each.
Scheuren rejected 48 shots on goal for La Crosse. The Freeze incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. David Volkmann made 37 saves for the Whalers on 41 shots. Wisconsin incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors.